HAWICK jockey Jonathon Bewley maintained his unbeaten record for owner James Cookson when bringing home Wansbeck Valley to head the concluding JC Douglas open maiden race at Saturday’s Duke of Buccleuch’s point-to-point, which attracted a massive 104 runners to Kelso’s Friars Haugh course.
Jonathon has an unbeaten record in the saddle for Morpeth owner James Cookson, including victory in a hunter chase at Cheltenham. “He’s had four wins from four rides for me,” said James, whose Doncaster Sales purchase was completing for the first time.
“He’s never had a proper race, so we’ve never really known what we’ve got,” he explained, “but I’ve always liked him.”
Eighteen-year-old Hawick jockey Russell Lindsay rose to the runners-up slot in the Northern Area novice riders’ championship table after taking the opening CKD Galbraith hunt members’ race on Silk Parasol.
They came home four lengths clear of Marksmore, owned by Galashiels restauranteur Sylvia Scott and trained by daughter Katie, which won the best turned-out prize.
Another local jockey in victorious mood was Jedburgh’s Gillon Crow who headed the penultimate 17-strong Agrimart open maiden race. The jockey co-owns Pistolet Time with his mother Caroline, who trains the gelding. “I broke him, and he’s always been a very special horse to me,” said Caroline.
Defending Northern Area men’s champion Tristan Davidson further extended his lead when completing a victorious double. After riding Maura My Love to a one length success in the PPA PPORA Club Members mares maiden race, which attracted a maximum field of 18, he then brought home Doc Row to win a 17-strong Turcan Connell Northern Area Point-to-point Association Club Members’ race.
Windy Hills made a brave challenge in the closing stages in the hands of 16-year-old Jedburgh jockey Callum Bewley, but had to settle for the runners-up slot.
Intermediate winner Hold On Julio completed a victorious hat-trick when landing the Connolly’s Red Mills Intermediate race, under Mikey Ennis, and now heads for next month’s Buccleuch Cup maiden hunter chase at Kelso.
The eight-year-old was bought out of Ireland three years ago by North Berwick-based Vicky Simpson, who had earlier ridden Jacksonville to finish runner-up in the cross-country race, behind overall winner Laura Innes.
Nineteen-year-old Siobhan Doolan, who rides out for trainer Howard Johnson, leapt to the top of the novice riders’ leaderboard after a comfortable 20-length success in the Brewin Dolphin ladies’ open race on Tiger Billy.
Ten went to post in the Lycett Men’s open race, with Badger Foot getting the better of the Iain Jardine-trained Briscoe Place by a short head.
Racing returns to Friars Haugh in a fortnight for the Berwickshire meeting on Saturday, April 2.
Hunt – SILK PARASOL (R Lindsay) 7-4; 2, Marksmore (Miss K Bryson)5-1; 3, Royal Curtsy (T Davidson) 4-5 fav. Four ran. 4l; 4l. A Brown, Duke of Buccleuch’s.
Intermediate – HOLD ON JULIO (M Ennis) 4-6 fav; 2, Cuigny (Miss K Bryson) 6-1; 3, Commonburn (N Orpwood 8-1). 14 ran. 2l; 4l. Miss V Simpson, Berwickshire.
Mares maiden – MAURA MY LOVE (T Davidson) 10-1; 2, Watch the Wind (Miss C Walton) 7-1; 3, One Black Cat (C Nicol) 5-2 fav, 18 ran. 1l; 4l.Miss S Nixon (M Thompson) Tynedale.
Ladies Open – TIGER BILLY (Miss S Doolan) 5-1; 2, Rayshan (Miss C Walton) 7-1; 3, Montauk Highway (Miss C Knoery) 20-1. Nine ran. 20l; 12l. Miss S Doolan, Cumberland Farmers.
Men’s Open – BADGER FOOT (S Fox) 9-2; 2, Briscoe Place (D Millar) 6-4 jt fav; 3, Gunner Jack (E Wrigley) 6-4 jt fav. 10 ran. Sh hd; 1/2l P Russell (Miss L Russell) Fife.
PPOA Members race – DOC ROW (T Davidson) 7-1; 2, Windy Hills (C Bewley) 5-1; 3, Knocknaboul King (N Orpwood) 14-1. 17 ran. 1l; 1/2l. M Russell (V Renwick) Lauderdale.
Open maiden, div one – PISTOLET RUN (G Crow) 6-1; 2, Reef Dancer (T Speake) 13-2; 3, Its Bobkat (A Nicol) 5-2.17 ran. 3l; 4l. C & G Crow (C Crow) Jedforest. Div two – WANSBECK VALLEY (J Bewley) 16-1; 2, Rennington Blue (N Orpwood) 8-1; 3, Exciting Car (R Trotter)8-1. 15 ran. 3l; 6l. J Cookson, Morpeth.